Atari 2600 Friday’s #40 – Commando Raid

This basically sounds like Terminator Missile Command and the manual provides minimal  information. I’ve never seen such a short and empty manual.

The Story: Okay, the entire game description is both in the manual and on the back of the box. That’s what I’m calling it, because the story they give is basically the entire game description. Which I might add sounds exactly like a Terminator movie….”Defend this AA Gun from a bunch of androids.”

From the Manual: “Commando Raid is a single player, full color game simulating Arcade Action and designed to be played on the ATARI Video Computer System or the Sears Video Arcade. You are in defense of your buildings which have come under attack by android commando raiders. Without warning they appear. Intent on capturing your buildings and destroying your gun emplacement. First the troop carrying helicopters fly in dropping android paratroopers to test your defenses. Soon the sky is filled with fluttering helicopters and wave after wave of android paratroopers. They must be destroyed! Each paratrooper allowed to land on a building destroys a portion of that building. If three paratroopers land on a building, it will be totally destroyed and must be considered under commando control. Worse still, the androids can now tunnel towards you gun emplacement. Each paratrooper who lands on that building expands the tunnel. If they are not stopped, they will plant an explosive charge under the gun. In the midst of the battle, an aircraft may appear. it will drop a devastating bomb which can destroy all buildings and the gun emplacement. You must shoot it down or at least shoot the bomb it drops. If you miss, it’s back to basic training!”

From the Box: “Commando Raid is a single player, full color game simulating Arcade Action and designed to be played on the ATARI Video Computer System or the Sears Video Arcade. You are in defense of your buildings which have come under attack by android commando raiders. Without warning they appear. Intent on capturing your buildings and destroying your gun emplacement. First the troop carrying helicopters fly in dropping android paratroopers to test your defenses. Soon the sky is filled with fluttering helicopters and wave after wave of android paratroopers. They must be destroyed! Each paratrooper allowed to land on a building destroys a portion of that building. If three paratroopers land on a building, it will be totally destroyed and must be considered under commando control. Worse still, the androids can now tunnel towards you gun emplacement. Each paratrooper who lands on that building expands the tunnel. If they are not stopped, they will plant an explosive charge under the gun. In the midst of the battle, an aircraft may appear. it will drop a devastating bomb which can destroy all buildings and the gun emplacement. You must shoot it down or at least shoot the bomb it drops. If you miss, it’s back to basic training!”

The Game Play: I’ll start off by saying that this basically looks like Missile command with android paratroopers. There are 8 levels of play each distinguished by a different color of enemy. Each level contains more troopers per helicopter. Two difficulty modes with either straight or steerable missiles. Every 10,000 points a new building replaces the most damaged building. and that is it, literally everything in the manual is the description and those few comments. So I guess lets get to playing.

The Controls: Joystick Left/Right to aim the gun. Red button to shoot.

Post Review: You only move the gun left and right to aim, then a speedy bullet fires in that direction, it can be hard to aim. You can try to take out the helicopters before the troopers, but it is hard to hit either at first, especially with no real indicator of minute aiming direction. The troopers have to be specifically hit in the body or the bullet just goes through them, no shooting the parachute. Everything moves fast and it obviously takes some practice to aim. You have one life, so if they dig their tunnels to your gun, it’s game over.

High Score: 7150

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Posted on October 9, 2015, in Atari 2600 Friday's, Blogroll and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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